Asian Pacific Islander Americans

The Americans in this group are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from China, Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and Pacific Oceania. The first Asian immigrants to the United States came as contract laborers in the nineteenth century, where they worked primarily on the railroad and in the mines. More recent Asian immigrants have been refugees and professionals, a large percentage of whom hold professional degrees. There is, however, a wide variation in the level of education and occupational status among Asian-Americans.

As a group, Asian-Americans are more highly educated and have higher incomes than African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans. But like the last two minorities, Asian-Americans tend to have close, supportive family relationships (Markides, et al., 1990). The principle of filial piety, that is, that one's parents and other older adults should not have to suffer from want or sorrow, is an important concept in Asian cultures. Adherence to this principle and other traditional beliefs and practices shared by immigrants from the Far East varies with the generation and the closeness of a person to that culture. Ties with traditional Japanese culture tend to be stronger for Issei (Japanese immigrants) than for Nisei (children of Japanese immigrants), and stronger for Nisei than for Sansei (grandchildren of Japanese immigrants). Second- and third-generation Japanese-Americans reportedly may not feel as obligated to support their elderly parents as their counterparts in Japan (Kim, 1983).

In addition to being more highly educated and affluent than other ethnic groups, Americans of Asian/Pacific Islander ancestry tend to be healthier as well. One explanation is that they are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors such as smoking and drinking (Yu, Chang, Liu, & Kan, 1985).

U.S. immigration policies during the early twentieth century, which did not permit Asian and Pacific Island women to enter this country, combined with the detention of Japanese-Americans in concentration campus during World War II, left a reservoir of negative feelings in some members of the Asian-American community. Be that as it may, Asian-Americans are perhaps the best example of how the United States can still be a land of opportunity for immigrants who are skilled and motivated to work and save.

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